Outline of Proverbs

proverb is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore.

Proverb is a short saying that is commonly known by public, and repeated as a piece of advice or suggestion. A proverb usually expresses the common truth.

What is a proverb? Lord John Russell (c. 1850) observed poetically that a “proverb is the wit of one, and the wisdom of many.” But giving the word “proverb” the sort of definition theorists need has proven to be a difficult task, and although scholars often quote Archer Taylor’s argument that formulating a scientific “definition of a proverb is too difficult to repay the undertaking… An incommunicable quality tells us this sentence is proverbial and that one is not. Hence no definition will enable us to identify positively a sentence as proverbial,” many students of proverbs have attempted to itemize its essential characteristics.

Don’t feed the bad wolf

“Don’t feed the bad wolf”
Cherokee proverb

Proverbs related articles

We have searched and collected the best proverbs around the word that hat state a general truth or piece of advice. Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life.

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Proverbs By Countries

Aboriginal Proverbs – Afghan Proverbs – African American ProverbsAfrican Proverbs – Afrikaans Proverbs – American ProverbsAncient Jewish ProverbsArabic Proverbs –  Armenian ProverbsAustralian Proverbs – Austrian Proverbs – Bantu Proverbs – Belgium Proverbs – Brazilian Proverbs – Cameroonian Proverbs – Canadian Proverbs – Chinese ProverbsCongolese ProverbsCowboy Proverbs – Czech Proverbs and Quotes – Dutch ProverbsEnglish Proverbs – Ethiopian Proverbs – Famous ProverbsFilipino ProverbsFrench ProverbsGerman Proverbs – Ghanaian Proverbs – Greek ProverbsHindi Proverbs – Indian Bihar Proverbs – Indian Hindi Proverbs – Indian Hindustani Proverbs – Indian Kashmiri Proverbs – Indian Proverbs – Indian Tamil Proverbs – Iranian / Persian ProverbsIrish ProverbsItalian ProverbsJapanese ProverbsJewish Proverbs – Kenyan Proverbs – Korean Proverbs – Latin Proverbs – Mexican Proverbs – Muslim Proverbs – National Proverbs – Native American Proverbs – Niger Proverbs – Nigerian Proverbs – Norwegian Proverbs – Polish Proverbs – Portuguese ProverbsRomani/Gypsy ProverbsRomanian ProverbsRussian ProverbsRussian Proverbs and Sayings – Scottish Gaelic Proverbs – Serbian Proverbs – Somali Proverbs – South African Proverbs – South American Proverbs – Spanish Proverbs – Swedish Proverbs – Tanzanian Proverbs – Turkish Proverbs – Ugandan Proverbs – Vietnamese Proverbs– Welsh Proverbs – Yiddish ProverbsZen Proverbs

Proverbs By Topics

Atheism – Advices – Anger – – Animals – Belief & Faith – Change – Charity – Compassion – Contemplation – Courage – Custom & Convention – Death & Dying – Education – Envy & Jealousy – Failure – Fate & Destiny – Forgiveness – Friendship – Greed –  God – Happiness – Honesty & Integrity –  Hope – Humanity – Humility – Hypocrisy – Inspirational – Jesus-Christ – Liberty & Freedom – Life – Love – Motivational – Nature –  Poverty – Romantic Love – Sadness – Success – Wealth – Will & Determination – Wisdom & Knowledge —  See All Topics

More International Sayings, Phrases and Idioms:

Aboriginal Words in Australian EnglishDaily Used Latin Phrases – English Proverbs, Phrases and MeaningsFamous ProverbsLatin PhrasesList of Proverbial PhrasesPortuguese Proverbs in PortugueseProverbs Around The WorldSpanish Idioms and ExpressionsWestern Slang, Lingo, and Phrases
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